Air Liquide Houpu Hydrogen Equipment will develop FCEV refilling stations
Air Liquide and Chengdu Huaqi Houpu (Houpu) have established a joint venture, Air Liquide Houpu Hydrogen Equipment, which is to develop hydrogen refilling stations for fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV).
The joint venture will enable the companies to develop projects that promote the development of a network of hydrogen stations in China. The collaboration will combine Air Liquide’s technological expertise in clean hydrogen mobility solutions with Houpu’s knowledge in construction of natural gas refilling stations on the Chinese market.
The partnership is aligned with the Chinese government’s 13th five-year plan, which aims to support clean mobility through alternative energy solutions , and in particular, the development and sale of fuel cell electric vehicles.
François Darchis, Senior Vice-President and member of the Air Liquide group Executive Committee, supervising Innovation, said: “The creation of this joint venture with Houpu illustrates the willingness of the Chinese market players to contribute to decarbonise transportation, reduce urban pollution and preserve the environment. Air Liquide is facilitating the development of hydrogen mobility and its adoption by users. This commitment, in line with the Group’s climate objectives, is all the more significant given that China is the world’s largest car market.”
In the past 50 years, Air Liquide has developed unique expertise enabling it to master the entire hydrogen supply chain, from production and storage to distribution and the development of applications for end users. Air Liquide has designed and installed more than 120 stations around the world to date.